Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Aberdeen Road is known for flooding, but one man did not heed the road blocks warning drivers of the dangers ahead.
A Port Monmouth man found himself up Matawan Creek without a paddle Wednesday morning when his car stalled out in flood water on Aberdeen Road. According to Matawan Police Lt. Ben Smith, the 77-year-old driver navigated around the "Road Flooded" signs warning motorists of the danger ahead. The stretch of roadway floods often, and the way it dips next to the creek can make the depth of the water on the road deceiving. Members of the Matawan Borough Fire Department who are water-rescue certified came to the driver's aid. In waterproof suits, firefighters Richard Michitsch and Brian Kopf guided Marine-29-1, a zodiac boat, out to the Mercury and helped the man out of his car. According to Assistant Fire Chief Zee Varsanyi, when the …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Emergency responders were trained on the fire department's newest water rescue boat, a red Zodiac fit for a town with so many lakes and creeks.
Bobbing in Lake Lefferts a short way from the dock off of Ravine Drive, is a member of the Matawan Borough Fire Department waiting to be rescued by fellow emergency responders during a water rescue drill on Sept. 23. Two firefighters climb into the department's new red Zodiac, designated as Marine-29-1, and launch into the lake, navigating four buoys on their way to their comrade, who is playing the role of the victim. As they approach, they place the boat into neutral and float the final distance toward the victim. Then the rescuers deploy a brightly colored net, wrap it under and around the victim, and hoist her onto the boat. They drive the victim to the dock where they use a similar rolling strategy to transfer her from the boat to the…
Friday, September 21, 2012
The Matawan Fire Department will be training for water rescues at Lake Lefferts on Sunday, Sept. 23
The Lake Lefferts boat ramp at Ravine Drive will be closed to the public on Sunday, Sept. 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for an emergency services drill hosted by the Matawan Borough Fire Department. Emergency responders will be using to lake to practice conducting a safe water rescue in different scenarios. Several fire trucks and emergency vehicles will be parked in the area. Please note that this is only a drill and residents should not be alarmed.